Brainstorm

Email (Modest): Keep Sent and Drafts on IMAP server

Posted on 2009-05-07 15:54 UTC by Quim Gil. Status: Under consideration, milestone: Harmattan, Categories: Desktop, Internet & Networking.

(Originally posted at https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2557)

Modest stores sent email and draft emails locally. Evolution, for instance, allows you to choose folders on your IMAP account, in the preferences.

I use IMAP specifically so I can use any client on any machine and see all of my mails. I don't want any client storing things locally, except as a cache. Thus, I'd like to keep my Sent and Drafts folders on my IMAP server.

Solutions for this brainstorm

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Solution #1: It should be integral part of the official email client

Posted on 2009-05-07 23:02 UTC by Quim Gil.

This should be part of the official release. Simple as that.

Click on the screenshot to see a larger one!
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Solution #5: Port Evolution to Maemo

Posted on 2009-06-16 17:32 UTC by alan bruce.

Work backwards: instead of adding features to a tiny e-mail client, use a big shoehorn and squeeze a big desktop client onto the mobile platform. This means addressing screen layout, storage issues, etc.

(This is an "Outlook for Linux" solution, but actually plausible)

See attached screenshot of vanilla Evolution running on an N800.

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Solution #6: Port Anjal to Maemo

Posted on 2009-06-17 14:54 UTC by Andre Klapper.

Basically a spin-off of Alan's Evolution proposal, because in my opinion Evolution is heavy weight (way more than just a mailer) and complicated to port for small screens (having enough bug reports in mind from the last years).

See for example http://blogs.gnome.org/sragavan/2009/03/18/announcing-anjal-the-new-mail-for-netbooks/ for Anjal screenshots.
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Solution #7: Create true Online mail program

Posted on 2009-07-13 12:16 UTC by Graham Cobb.

Turn Modest into a true online mail program, optimised for the online use case accessing large mailboxes where few items actually need to be read at all and very few read in their entirety (like the way most people use their Blackberrys).  Something like Dave Cridland's Polymer client but with disconnected mode support added (so messages which have already been accessed are cached and can be read again offline and messages can be composed and queued offline).  There would be no local folders (except caches) so all sent items would be stored in the online fodler.

An "always connected" (or nearly always connected) device should be using an online IMAP mail client rather than a PC-style offline client with synchronisation.  Modest already has good IMAP Lemonade support, I believe, so could be a good base for an online IMAP client.

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Solution #8: Ovi Email

Posted on 2009-08-22 02:35 UTC by Randall Arnold.

Seriously.  Why not?  Let's start flooding them with requests.  We can use... email.

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Solution #9: port Mozilla Thunderbird

Posted on 2009-09-24 07:27 UTC by thomas p.

Mozilla should port Thunderbird to maemo, giving the cute Fennec browser a sibling.

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Solution #10: IMAP-Server Side Workaround

Posted on 2009-10-06 06:55 UTC by christopher dräger.

Hi, you could put yourself on bcc on every message you send and create a filter rule on the imap server to move all mails to you in bcc from you into the sent folder. Server must support rule based filters however and it's not the nicest way to do it. But it would be a quick fix I guess. greetings Christopher

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Solution #11: It should be integral part of the official email client

Posted on 2009-12-23 18:35 UTC by Darren Long.

This should be part of the official release for Fremantle. Simple as that.

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